Language Resource   Center
Newsletter Spring- 2012
Digital Storytelling as Assessment to Promote Self-reflection 

     Digital Storytelling (DST) has been implemented into foreign language curriculum for quite some time. DST is defined as “storytelling that contains some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips, or music.”(Stanley and Dillingham 2012) Digital Storytelling has mainly been used for electronic portfolio (E-portfolio) and/or assessment, which allows students to see their learning process and progress and to promote self-reflection. It implies that E-portfolio is used for students to practice self-assessment strategies. Self-assessment is one of the vital components in effective language learning strategy to promote autonomous language learning. The research indicates that the learners become more conscious about self-reflection and autonomy through self-assessment practice while creating electronic portfolios. (Hung 2009)

     Another advantage of E-portfolio is the easy access to the materials and its ability to receive feedback. “With electronic portfolios, students’ work can be collected, stored, and managed electronically, taking very little or no physical space. Furthermore…they also enhance peer and teacher feedback.”(Hung 2009)

     The project can be enriched by collaborating with others, which is a major component of Vygotsky’s social constructivism. One way of implementing meaningful technology integration is that “learning must be designed from a constructivist approach that encourages students to learn in a social context and help them to develop an ability to readily create new knowledge, solve new problems, and employ creativity and critical thinking. (Sadik 2008; Griest 1996; Hoffman 1997; Mergendollar 1997; Richards 1998) Incorporating some sort of peer-learning or group collaboration in any part of the project can enhance the students’ learning and improve critical thinking and reflective learning as well.

The following articles would introduce two DTS projects which promote self-reflection.


Alaa Sadik (2008) “Digital storytelling: a meaningful technology-integrated approach for engaged student learning” Educational Technology Research & Development, published online 11 April 2008, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham (2012) “Making Learners Click with Digital Storytelling”, Language Magazine, February 2012, http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=1684

Shao-Ting Hung (2009) “Promoting Self-Assessment Strategies: An Electronic Portfolio Approach”, Vol 11 Issue 2, Article 6, Asian EFL Journal


Using Comic Life software for Basic French class
Professor Pauline de Tholozany, Visiting Assistant Professor in French, uses the software ‘Comic Life’ in her Basic French class for Digital Storytelling activities aimed toward improving the students’ writing skills.
The project overview calls for students to work as a group to write the dialogues for a comic they create with the Comic Life software. Since it is a group project, the students negotiate together to come up with the script, scenario, and content. After the project is completed, the finalized projects are made available for all the students to read.  
Movie Project as E-Portfolio in German classes

 German department in Gettysburg College has been implementing movie project since 2006.

The movie project is a digital storytelling project where students create a movie clip with images and audio narration in German. The project usually takes place twice in a semester and it progresses from group to individual. The first project is a group project with 4-5 students working together to create a movie clip. Toward the end of the semester, the second project is conducted as an individual project. With both projects, the teacher provides feedback to students on script. Also there are opportunities during class for students to discuss/critique/provide feedback on the movie clips in German after they have viewed all the movies.


Foreign Language Book Honor Loaning at LRC

The Language Resource Center (LRC) has established a foreign language book loaning system this semester.

LRC will have a bookshelf filled with foreign language books and students will be allowed to borrow and return them on the honor system without checking them out. This system will provide the students easy access to authentic materials in foreign languages and will promote Internationalization on campus. Furthermore, it will provide the opportunity for students to get exposed to language experience outside of the classroom.

LRC staffs are thrilled with this initiative.

  • “I believe a foreign book loan system in the LRC will be very beneficial to not only language majors but anyone who studies foreign languages, either for graduation requirements or just for their own amusement. Foreign language books help people to enjoy studying a foreign, with the added bonus of learning about the culture of other countries in their native languages”.
  • “It is nice to be able to look at works designed for native speakers. ...It is a totally different experience.”
  • “It’s good to have a large selection of foreign books readily available in our location. It makes reading for language practice a lot more convenient.”

We are collecting any types of books/magazines/newspapers in foreign languages.
If you are willing to contribute any materials to this initiative, please contact me via email (tsengiku@gettysburg.edu).



Wochi Kochi web magazine - Japanese/English 

Wochi Kochi is a web magazine for disseminating information about Japanese culture. Wochikochi Magazine carries interviews, contributed articles and serialized stories written by experts in a variety of professional and academic fields on a special topic each month. The website also includes a search engine to find past articles.The magazine is available in Japanese at http://www.wochikochi.jp , and it is also newly available in English at http://www.wochikochi.jp/english

French Audio Video Lessons (http://youlearnfrench.blogspot.com/search/label/Grammar)

It is a series of power-point-like video clips in French. Clips are generally thematic dialogues; grammar, vocabulary, and conjugation presentations; or basic phrases.

a collection of online games and other activities for learning and practicing French at http://www.estudiodefrances.com

*Some of the resources came from the InterCom, which is a free information service provided by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon (http://casls.uoregon.edu/pages/tools/intercom.php).




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